Welcome to the IceChat Web site. IceChat is a popular IRC (Internet Relay Chat) Client that can be used in Windows 95/98/ME/2000/XP/2003/Vista/7 and Windows 8. It has been tested on 64bit versions of XP, Vista, Windows 7 and now Windows 8.

IceChat 7.8 has been released to deal with the problems with Windows 8.

IceChat is a very user friendly program that can be setup in a matter of minutes. IceChat is capable of connecting to multiple servers and channels all at once, with ease, so you can easily chat with your friends in your favorite channels.

For those people that wish to do more then just chat with IceChat, there are numerous different ways to customize the look and feel of IceChat. It starts with simply changing a theme, to writing your own scripts and making your own custom popups, using the IceChat Editor. The built-in VBS (Visual Basic Scripting) script engine in IceChat 7 is powerful and can be made to do just about anything, and even allowing users to create their own activeX dll's for advanced scripting solutions. IceChat 9 can be enhanced with plugins.

IceChat has some unique features that set it apart from other similar programs. Most users truly enjoy the built in Emoticons. But for those select few that do not, this feature can be disabled. The Favorite Server Tree is truly fantastic, and because IceChat is built around its multi-server capabilities, it is an essential part of IceChat that makes it that much easier to use.

IceChat was first being developed in 2000, and has gone through many changes in its interface, design, and of course its many features. IceChat 9.03 is the latest version, released in February 2015.

IceChat is FreeWare, meaning anyone can use it, at no cost. IceChat 9 is open sourced, while IceChat 7 was not.

The main IceChat Support channel is located on Quakenet (irc.quakenet.org) in the #icechat channel. The IceChat 9 Support/Developer channel is located on Freenode in the #icechat channel.

This web site was started November 11, 2003.

IceChat 7 Changelog -- A list of all the updates for the IceChat 7 life cycle

IceChat 9 Changelog -- A list of all the updates for the IceChat 9 life cycle

Latest news for IceChat

PostHeaderIcon IceChat 9.06 - March 13, 2015

IceChat 9.06 has been released today. Few more bug fixes, one main one with url's not showing properly at times. Also while in Windowed Mode, and clicking X to close the program, does not close all the windows automatically. You can read the change log for all the updates.

PostHeaderIcon IceChat 9.03 - February 17, 2015

IceChat 9.03 has been released today. There was a major bug found with the new reconnect timer option found. You can read the change log for all the updates.

PostHeaderIcon IceChat 9.02 - February 13, 2015

IceChat 9.02 has been released today. Many fixes and changes have been applied since 9.0. You can read the change log for all the updates.

PostHeaderIcon New IRC Indexer started today - January 8, 2015

Today a new IRC Indexer service was started at www.ircindexer.net. The project has been worked on for the past year, and was launched today, trying to make an acceptable remake of the popular SearchIRC website, which has been taken offline.

PostHeaderIcon IceChat 7.8 released - December 13, 2014

IceChat 7 has been updated to 7.8. The main issue fixed is proper Windows 8 compatibility, with a couple other minor bug fixes.

PostHeaderIcon IceChat 9.0 - September 25, 2014

IceChat 9.0 is released today. There have been a lot of updates, additions and fixes since RC8.3. We felt it was about time IceChat 9 was released as a 'stable' version, and here it is. You can read the change log for all the updates.

PostHeaderIcon IceChat 9 Video Added - October 17, 2013

We had asked our Facebook users on our Fan Page, if anyone could make a video on the basics of IceChat 9, and someone made a great one. Check out the help page to view it.

PostHeaderIcon IceChat is 13 years old, August 2013

August 2013, and this year marks the 13th anniversary since IceChat was started. It certainly has been a long journey. With IceChat 9 still in development, IceChat continues to supply its users with a unique program.
Check out our history here.

PostHeaderIcon IceChat 2009 Beta 5.2 released - May 25, 2011

IceChat 2009 Beta 5.2 was released with mainly changes to the Plugin Engine. This will allow for greater flexibility to the Plugin Engine. We should start seeing more Plugins created for IceChat 2009, and a download section will be added to the website for Plugins.

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